Spain: Public sector workers strike over pay cuts

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Faced with government plans to cut public sector pay by 5% from June this year, Spanish public sector workers have gone out on strike. According to unions, 75-80% of the 2.5million workers employed by the state are taking part in the walkout.

In an effort to reduce the budget deficit, the Spanish government has also decided to freeze salaries in 2011 as well as cut public investment and suspend the automatic adjustment for some pensions.

Spain is not the only country to have introduced an austerity plan, with Greece and Germany already having announced budget cuts and Britain due to reveal an emergency budget in two weeks.